Iwamura is a guarantee to be removed from the 40-man roster.
This off-season the Pirates will probably face a much tougher set of roster decisions than they have in years. Several factors are coming together to create a lot of those decisions. The team has spent a couple years now accumulating players, very few of whom have established themselves as solid major leaguers. Many of the players who were acquired as major leaguers, or near-ready major leaguers, are out of options. Many of the prospects the team acquired will be eligible for the Rule 5 draft, so they have to be added to the 40-man roster or the team risks losing them. Finally, some of their existing major leaguers have shown that they simply can’t provide the solutions to any of the team’s many needs.
The crunch should be eased a little by the fact that the Pirates have little or no need to acquire veteran players for their bench. They finally have a large cast of infielders and outfielders already in the system ...
Wilbur Miller joined the site in July 2010. He has long been known for his excellent Player Profiles, which he brought to the site in February 2011, combining them with the existing Pirates Prospects Player Pages. Wilbur maintains the player pages section of the site, and provides regular articles to the main portion of the site, including a weekly Prospects Trend piece, featuring the best and worst prospects from the previous week.